If I Plant A Jelly Bean

by Teresa Jennings

When Jack planted a bean, he got a magic beanstalk. But what if he planted a jelly bean? At the very least, he should get a crop of jelly beans, right? Why not. This silly song poses a similar question. Actually, a few of them. For if we could yield jelly beans in our Easter garden, why not also some Easter eggs, or marshmallow chicks, or gummy worms, or even pink Easter grass for that matter? And of course, why wouldn't we go for the biggie: the chocolate bunny?

Though set in a light rock groove, this song has a decidedly lighthearted emphasis. Even so, singing the lyrics seriously will make it more humorous. That is, until the chorus (measure 25). At this point, let singers demonstrate a bit more, um, passion in their desire for the sweet outcome of their efforts. If you have any outgoing actors/performers, they could even be more featured during this part, hamming it up a bit for the audience (as ours did in the recording session). At the end of the chorus, be sure singers enunciate the words especially as they break into eighth notes at measure 37. Going back to the verse, they resume the gentle nature and serious tone of the queries.

You will see that there is a second part for this piece. It is optional, however its addition makes this more usable for older kids, too. Plus it's fun. For example, in bar 31, when they echo part 1, they can do so in a melodramatic way. Likewise at measure 43 when they have that sound-of-childhood-angstful-Olivia-Rodrigo moment. Let them milk it.

We have also included an optional ukulele part for this, in case you want to make it even more inclusive. It only uses the chords C, G, and F, though there is a line with suggested rhythms that will keep them on their bunny toes.

A PDF of the ukulele part, as well as an extracted audio rehearsal track for part 2 can be found on our web site, free to subscribers.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.